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Striped mealybug - Ferrisia virgata - Ferrisia virgata

Striped mealybug - Ferrisia virgata - Ferrisia virgata
Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA
September 28, 2007
Size: 3 to 6 mm
These were attached to roots hanging down from an African Rubber Tree. I first thought they were caterpillars but after looking at the pictures I now see legs I think. It may be a wasp larvae in development. I just could not track it down. Thanks for help on the ID.

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Striped mealybug - Ferrisia virgata - Ferrisia virgata Striped mealybug - Ferrisia virgata - Ferrisia virgata

Moved
Moved from Procecidochares atra.
Sorry, moved by accident.

Moved
Moved from Striped Mealybug.

Mealybugs.
These are mealybugs. You should probably submit these images to your state agriculture department in the event they are something exotic that does not belong here. Could be a serious matter.

 
Thank you
Thank you for your response. I've now tracked it down to the Striped mealybug - Ferrisia virgata. It was located on the roots hanging from West African Rubber Tree - Ficus vogelii. Thanks again for your help.

 
Can you explain how you reached the ID?
If it is well-founded, then we can make a new guide page for the species.

 
Does this help?

 
Thank you, that is helpful
- particularly the UF reference

"Ferrisia virgata (Cockerell)-Striped mealybug

The striped mealybug is easy to recognize with the two dark stripes running lengthwise along the dorsum, lacking lateral wax filaments and having crystalline rods arising from the body. This mealybug is very common in Florida on a wide range of host plants."

I think this warrants a guide page - I'll make one.

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